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What Priests Can Do to Stop Abortion

What Priests Can Do to Stop Abortion

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Published by Robert Colquhoun
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Published by: Robert Colquhoun on Oct 27, 2010
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 What Priests Can Do To Stop Abortion
By Priests for life. Adapted to the UK by 40 days for life Londoncampaign teamwww.priestsforlife.org www.40daysforlife.com/london  1) Offer Masses for Pro-life intentions. This can either be a "specialevent" or a regularly scheduled Mass, the intention of which relates topro-life.2) Establish a pro-life prayer group in the parish, dedicated specifically toprayersandteachings on the value of human life.3) Offer Pro-life holy hours,Rosaries,Scripture Services. Priests for Life provides somedevotional materials.4) Promote theBe Not Afraid Family Holy Hours.Preachfrequently on abortion, both with entire homilies on the topic and by reference to it in other homilies.6) Include mention of abortion in theGeneral Intercessionsat Mass.7) Placeinserts into the bulletinabout pro-life. These can be full-page inserts that can begiven to the bulletin printing company in advance, or short (1-3 line) messages. These areavailable from Priests for Life. You can order a free monthly pro-life insert for your bulletin,which will be sent to you camera-ready.8) Present pro-life topics inBible Study, RCIA, meetings for school parents, marriagepreparation, instructions for sponsors, etc.9) Invite pro-life speakers to make presentations at meetings which people are required toattend, such as those for the parents of school or CCD children.10) Have special educational evenings with speakers and/or videos.11) Have a "Life Mission" with a guest speaker/workshops for several days.12) Use the parish bookrack to make goodpro-life literatureandtapesavailable. 13) Use parish bulletin boards inside and outside the Church to convey a pro-life message.Set up a permanent pro-life sign on the property.14) Make pro-life resources (Precious Feet Pins,Stickers and Buttons,Pro-life Bank cheques, etc.) available to parishioners. You can get order information from Priests for Life.15) Sponsor a pro-life essay/poster contest among the children of the school and CCDprograms. Display winning posters in the school or in the Church vestibule, and print winningessays in the bulletin.
16) Have readily available at all timesconcrete information aboutalternatives toabortion. Place one of more of these numberson the cover of your parish bulletin as astandard item. Get this information to womenin need, to local doctors, and to the secular press. Some of the national hotlines ready tohelp women anywhere in the country are:PREGNANCY HELP:Good Counsel Network: 020 7723 1740info@goodcounselnetwork.freeserve.co.ukwww.goodcounselnet.co.uk Life Charity: 24 hour: 0800 915 4600, London: 02072401275www.lifecharity.org.uk City Pregnancy Counselling and Psychotherapy: 02076385440www.citypregnancy.org.uk HELP AFTER AN ABORTION: Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline: 08456036501www.archtrust.org.uk Silent No More Recovery ± 24 Hour 0141 226 5407www.silentnomoreawareness.org unitedkingdom@silentnomoreawareness.org Abortion Recovery Internationalwww.abortionrecovery.org OTHER HELP:Chastity Education for Schools and Natural Family Planning Training and Advice from FLI ±UK02088579950www.flionline.org 17) Have information available onpost-abortionhealing programs like Rachel¶s Vineyard(www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk, 0705904656).18) Bring people out for aPeaceful prayer vigilon the street or at an abortion clinic.19) Encourage a parishpro-life committeeto form and grow. Give it constantencouragement.20) Commission the pro-life committee at a special liturgy. Priests for Life providesasuggested prayer for such a commissioning.21) Readgood booksand periodicals on the issue, consult with experts, and take advantageof resources provided by the local diocesan pro-life office,the US Bishops' office for pro-lifeactivities, and Priests for Life.
22) Have a plaque or monument erected in memory of the children in the community who died from abortion.Have a school yearbook dedicated to those killed byabortion.23) Establish some sort of memorial to mothers whohave been killed by their abortion. Alist of the namesof some of these women is available either in printout or poster form. Contact Priests for Life for information.24) Call for special parish days of voluntary prayer andfasting to end abortion.25) Establish a parish pro-life newsletter for the parish or community.26) Participate as a parish in theNational Night of Prayer , held each December to pray for an increased respect for life.27) Take part inThe Gabriel Project, a pastoral programme whereby the local parish directlyassists pregnant mothers. Contact Priests for Life for more information.PRO-LIFE ACTION ITEMS BY SEVERAL PRIESTS1) Review the current pro-life programmes of the diocese and discuss ways to foster them.2) Plan regular pro-life holy hours and/or masses to be held in a different parish each time,and promote each one in all the parishes of a given area.3) Have an annual deanery/vicariate/diocesan pro-life Mass, with all the pro-life groups of the area represented. Pro-lifers can have a chance to socialise with each other after theMass.4) Plan educational evenings with a pro-life speaker. Draw on the population of a group oparishes, vigorously promoting it in each one. Then, at the meeting, have key pro-life leadersfrom each parish share what they learned in their own parish. A video of the talk can bemade and duplicated for the parishes. Similarly, audio taped or written summaries for thebulletin can carry the message to those who did not attend.5) Have an area-wide collection of baby and maternity items to assist a local crisispregnancy centre. Use this project as an opportunity to spread the word through Christianand secular channels that alternatives to abortion are available to the local community. Makesure every priest in your area has the phone number of thelocal crisis pregnancycentr e handy.6) Have a procession, with participation from many parishes. Consult the Priests for Lifemanual,"Our Media is the Streets." 7) Arrange pro-life lunch to encourage more clergy to be active in the pro-life movement andto have local pro-life groups explain their activities.8) Issue a joint statement on pro-life concerns to the local secular press. Such a statementfrom a body of priests shows unity in the Church and encourages the laity.

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